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‘Hansel and Gretel’ comes to PWLMS

Don Baumann

“Hansel and Gretel,” a play for children of all ages, will arrive on the Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School stage Thursday evening, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.

The production by the school’s 8th grade drama class will bring to life the classic Brothers’ Grimm story in a three-act show that will run just over an hour.

Tickets, available at the door, are $2 adults and $1 students, with children 3rd grade and under free. The public is invited to attend.

Hansel (Dustin Gross) and Gretel (Charlene Klena) are sent into the woods to fend for themselves by their cantankerous mother (Mika Carr). Their meek father (Anthony Longnecker) does little to prevent their departure.

Although the witch (Valerie Strohbusch) still bakes children to gingerbread, she’s given a more humorous portrayal in this adaptation by Charlotte Charponning.

The witch lures unsuspecting children (Allen Stutsman, Krystal Skidis, Caroline Allen, Nolan McKovich, Kim Hernandez) to her candy house. However, their guardian angel (Amanda Baker) does her best to foil the witch’s plans.

While on their sojourn in the forest, Hansel and Gretel encounter a variety of creatures: dwarves (Jennifer Alexander, Rachel Frakes), who turn their bread into gold; elves (Christina Daigle, Ashley Flom, Carli Hissam), who try to kidnap them; the Sandman (Will Vereshagin), who gives them both good and bad dreams; witch (Nichole Ladd); and an angelic fairy (Katie Baumruck), who appear in those dreams.

Working backstage are a student technical crew who have created most props, designed makeup, and control lighting and special effects. Led by stage manager Ashley Conroy, the crew includes Nathan Bennett, Annie Eernisse, Russell Enos, Amber Gwinn, Kris Price, John Rojas, Jason Wellington and Heather Williams.

On Wednesday, Jan. 7, the cast will present the show to an eager audience of 300 elementary school students from Scarselli, Gardnerville, and Minden elementary schools.

The play is produced by arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Co., Woodstock, Ill. Ticket proceeds help offset royalty and production costs.

Further information about the show may be obtained by calling the Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School office at 265-6100.